Environmental activists and consumer advocates are breathing a sigh of relief. Ohio lawmakers apparently are NOT going to change the state’s energy efficiency program during the last days of the current legislative session.

The program requires electric companies to lower overall power usage by giving money to people and businesses that buy energy-saving appliances and equipment. To fund the program, all electricity customers pay a surcharge on their monthly electric bills.

Ohio officials say more than 200,000 residents around the state are still without power days after two weekend thunderstorms left many in the dark.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency released new figures Wednesday afternoon that add several thousand customers from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives to the tally.  The bulk of the outages still belong to customers of American Electric Power.

Dayton Power & Light is reporting just a handful of outages in the listening area now and plan to have it all back online by this evening.

Operators of a nuclear plant in Ohio say they've discovered and contained a pinhole-size leak spraying radioactive coolant at the plant.

Nuclear regulators and plant operators say the leaking coolant at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo never got outside the building and posed no threat to the public.

Workers discovered the leak Wednesday as they were getting ready to restart the plant after a month-long maintenance shut down.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for April 22, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney speaks with Jean Howat Berry about Cityfolk's Culture Builds Community culmination performance, Soul Rhythms.

-Jerry Kenney speaks with Alan Shaffer about the Dayton Progress Manufacturing Challenge scholarship program for area high school students.

-The latest installment of the SOCHE Talks: Why We Need a Renewable Energy Revolution

The April 2012 installment of SOCHE TALKS featuring Bob Brecha, from the University of Dayton on putting Why We Need a Renewable Energy Revolution.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for April 15, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Wayne Baker reports on Wittenburg's student radio station that was knocked off the air last week due to a busted water pipe.

-Jerry Kenney speaks with Jim McCarthy from the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center about the National Fair Housing Alliance's discrimination claim against Wells Fargo Bank.


Regulators say several minor problems found at an Ohio nuclear power plant in 2011 have been ongoing for about two years.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Perry Nuclear Power Plant near Cleveland must devise a plan to correct the problems.

In a March 5 letter, a regulator says plant owner First Energy Nuclear Operating Co. and federal inspectors found errors in following proper work procedures and documentation.


The first look at actively producing natural gas wells in Ohio's Utica Shale formation using the method known as hydraulic fracturing show high levels of gas production.

Figures reported Monday by Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. show five wells in eastern Ohio  producing 2.6 billion square feet of natural gas in 2011.

The figures, which Chesapeake provided to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, shows one well alone in Harrison County producing 2 percent of the state's entire natural gas production.

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Tom Stewart, a proponent of the controversial drilling process known as fracking.

Clean energy advocates are announcing the opening of the state's first liquefied natural gas fueling station, aimed at long-distance truck travel.

Clean Fuels Ohio says the station is part of a planned network of such stations along U.S. interstates.

The Clean Energy LNG Truck Fueling Station will open April 4 in Seville in northeast Ohio near Interstate 76.

The station is one of four being opened in Ohio by Seal Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy. It will be available for all trucks using liquefied natural gas.